Civil Aviation Safety Performance

Sri Lanka

Under its Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme, the International Civil Aviation Organization conducted an onsite comprehensive system audit in 2010 to ascertain the degree of compliance of Sri Lanka in fulfilling the  of the State's obligations under the Convention on International Civil Aviation for the effective discharge of safety oversight. The Audit focused attention of eight Audit Areas viz, Legal Framework, Organizational arrangements, Training and Licensing of Personnel , Aircraft Operations, Airworthiness, Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigations, Air Traffic Services and Aerodromes. Pl click here to view the result ICAO Audit Result

During this Audit, ICAO examined the capacity of the State to perform the Safety Oversight functions, under eight Critical Areas viz. Legislation, Regulations, Organization, Skilled Personnel, Guidance Material, Certification, Surveillance and Enforcement. Pl click here to view ICAO Audit Result -Critical Areas


Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
No of accidents 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fatalities 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Remarks Note1 Note2 -
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Note 1

  • On 4th February, 2004 at 2230hrs Local Time (1630UTC), IL-18 cargo aircraft registered in Republic of Kyrgyz as EX005 operated by Phoenix Aviation based in Sharjah UAE, landed on the grass patch parallel to runway 04 at Bandaranaike International Airport, and eventually coming to a stop on the runway. The landing caused heavy structural damages to Aircraft, rendering it beyond economical repair, and certain damages to the aerodrome equipment. There were four cockpit crew and three ground crew onboard, and no injuries reported.

Note 2

  • On 08th September 2005 at 1353 hrs local time (07.53 UTC), B 747- 368 passenger aircraft registered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as HZ-AIP owned and operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines was taxing for Runway 22 for the scheduled flight from BIA Colombo to Jeddah via Riyadh. While the aircraft was taxing on parallel taxiway towards Runway 22, the Captain was informed of a bomb threat to his aircraft by the Air Traffic Controller. Aircraft taxied to the isolated parking position and passengers were evacuated through slides. Few passengers were injured in the evacuation process and one female passenger succumbed to her injuries later. There was no significant disruption to airport operations due to the accident.
  • The accident occurred at 0450 UTC on 16th October 2005 at Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The SriLankan Airlines flight UL 316, 4R-ALA which arrived from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was parked at Parking Bay A18 and the disembarkation of passengers had been in progress. A ground vehicle which was approaching the aircraft for maintenance collided with the stepladder positioned at L4 door shifting the ladder away from the aircraft. Consequently one passenger who was disembarking the aircraft fell between the displaced ladder and the aircraft, who later succumbed to injuries. A few others who were on the stepladder were also injured due to this accident.         

Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

No of Serious

0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0


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  • On 02nd December 2006, Aero Lanka flight RNL 106, British Aerospace HS748, registration 4R-SER, was on a scheduled passenger flight returning from KKS (Palaly- Jaffna) to Colombo Airport, Ratmalana and was making a visual approach on runway 22 at dusk in good weather conditions with a reported surface wind of 0300/10 kts gusting occasionally to 15 kts at the time of landing. The crew had completed the landing checklist and discussed the approach to runway 22. The aircraft touched down almost two thirds of the way down the runway (passing the Control Tower) and overran the 04 end of the runway.


  • On 15th October 2007, 2113 UTC, a ground collision occurred when SriLankan Airlines aircraft A340-311, bearing registration 4R-ADC, attempted to pass a British Airways aircraft Boeing 747-436, G-BNLL that was stationary on an adjoining taxiway, at night at London Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom.  


  • On 02nd July 2013 SriLankan Airlines flight UL 266 bearing registration 4R-ADA departed at 20:45 UTC from King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo, Sri Lanka. On approach to BIA the flight crew conducted a practice auto landing on runway 22 with good visibility condition better than what was required for an actual auto land. During the said auto land maneuverer, aircraft experienced a high sink rate during the flare, followed by a hard landing and a tail strike.


  Birds Strike Statistics at Mattala Rajapakse International Airport

Year 2013 2014 2015 2016
No of Strikes 03 16 13 05 
No of aircraft Movements 1514 2750 1044  922 


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Government Notice

 Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation

National Civil Aviation Policy (Draft)

The Airspace over Sri Lanka is a public asset which has enormous potential to contribute for its socio-economic development. With clear, consistent and farsighted policies in place, the country’s airspace can be made busier and more productive with numerous activities that would demand a variety of ground support, services and resources triggering the country’s growth engine to spin faster producing wider socio-economic benefits. It is with above the objective in mind, that the National Policy for Civil Aviation has been drafted at the instruction of the Hon. Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation and under the guidance of the Hon. Prime Minister’s office, in close coordination and consultation with a representative group of all key stakeholders involved in aviation, setting out the overall objectives of the Government for civil aviation and the high-level policies that should be used to achieve those primary objectives on midterm and long term basis.

One of the main objectives of the proposed National Civil Aviation Policy is to improve the air connectivity enhancing the accessibility to any part of the country from any corner of the world so that Sri Lankan community may enter and compete successfully in the globalized air transport market for economic growth opportunities. Accordingly, the draft civil aviation policy framework proposes opening up of Sri Lanka’s skies to the rest of the world for international commercial traffic on the basis of reciprocity aiming at enhanced connectivity and accessibility. Also the draft National Policy encourages private sector to invest in the development of aviation infrastructure including construction, operation and maintenance of civil airports. It also proposes permitting local private airlines that satisfy the applicable international safety and security requirements to operate international commercial scheduled passenger flights in competition with foreign carriers aiming at securing and consolidating the country’s share international air transport market.

The draft National Civil Aviation Policy document deals with a variety of subjects in greater detail. 

  •    International Air Transportation
  •    Custom Duties
  •    Taxation applicable to International Airlines           
  •    Domestic Air Services
  •    Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Organizations (MRO)
  •    General Aviation
  •    Stakeholder Participation in Aviation Development
  •    Designation of Airspace for Special Use
  •    Off-shore operations
  •    Airport Infrastructure
  •    Airport Master Plans
  •    Air Cargo Transshipment
  •    Land Use Planning
  •    Air Space Management
  •    State Aviation Safety Programme (SASP)
  •    Aviation Security
  •    Civil-Military Coordination
  •    Facilitation at Airports
  •    Human Resources Development
  •    Public Private Participation and Investment Promotion
  •    Consumer Protection
  •    Regulation of air cargo industry
  •    Access for Persons with Reduced Mobility and Special Needs
  •    Multi-Modal Transportation
  •    Environmental Safeguards
  •    International Conventions

The complete draft of the National Civil Aviation Policy paper can be downloaded from the Official website of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka at http://www.caa.lk/images/stories/Policy/NCAP_SL_DEC_2016-E-Final.pdf - (Pl click here for SINHALA or TAMIL version). Members of the public who are interested in contributing to the refinement of the objectives, principles and idea in the draft National Civil Aviation Policy document are kindly advised to submit their views, comments or suggestions to the following address either in writing or by e-mail on or before 30th April 2017.

Director General of Civil Aviation and Chief Executive Officer
Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka
No.4, Hunupitiya Road,
Colombo 02.
Email : dnacp@caa.lk 


Nihal Somaweera


Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation

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